Chicago Bears: Jakeem Grant trade may signal more moves coming
By Ryan Heckman
Tuesday morning, the Chicago Bears made headlines when they traded for a speedy wide receiver and return man — Jakeem Grant.
The former Miami Dolphins weapon heads to Chicago for just a 2023 sixth-round pick, which is a pretty cheap price to pay for a guy who could make an immediate impact.
With this trade, the Bears are likely going to part ways with Nsimba Webster, who has underwhelmed in the punt return game this year. Grant is a huge upgrade over Webster, as he has three career punt returns for touchdowns and has averaged 11 or more yards per return in two seasons over his career.
This also probably means that Tarik Cohen is further from a return than some originally thought. The trade for Grant might just be one of a few the Chicago Bears end up making before the deadline on November 2.
Could trading for Jakeem Grant signal more moves on the way for the Chicago Bears?
The Bears could end up making a couple more moves in the coming days, especially with David Montgomery out 4-5 weeks and Cohen likely further back in his recovery from an ACL injury.
Damien Williams was a little banged up after the Lions game but should be good to go for Week 5. That would leave Williams and rookie Khalil Herbert as the primary backs for the next few weeks.
The Chicago Bears could bring up Ryan Nall from the practice squad — a Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace darling.
Or, they could opt to trade for a running back from elsewhere.
The move that might shock some people though, that’s not too far-fetched to think about, is if the Bears chose to trade wide receiver, Allen Robinson.
Would trading Allen Robinson make sense for the Bears?
Sure, he’s being paid a pretty penny on the franchise tag. But, Robinson has looked incredibly disinterested through the first four weeks of the season.
Darnell Mooney leads the team in targets, receptions and receiving yards through four games. Robinson has made a couple of nice grabs but has also dropped an easy touchdown (Week 3 vs. Cincinnati).
Robinson’s relationship with the Bears has been strained for a while now, and he’ll ultimately leave via free agency next spring. So, why not go out and try to get something for him before the trade deadline?
The Bears won’t be competing for much this year, beyond maybe a 9-or-10 win season, and that’s being generous. They’ll have to replace Robinson next year anyways. Therefore, trading him to a contender right now would make a lot of sense. The Philadelphia Eagles would be able to make the salary work with the above trade and play in a division that is not too difficult outside of the Cowboys.
It is early enough in the season for Philadelphia to turn things around, should they give Jalen Hurts a true number one target to go with Devonta Smith and Jalen Reagor.
This is just one example of a deal the Bears could try to pull off, but do not be surprised if they make more moves. This one trade is a signal that Pace is not ready to call this a rebuilding year — and maybe, just maybe, it means they’re going to end up committing to Justin Fields this season.